One benefit to having two kids of the same sex is that they will be close to one another and perhaps also save us a bundle buying new clothes and toys and things. Well, along came son #2 and he is mixing things up. He was initially afraid of motorized toys - now what do I do with the ride ons and remote control cars and other toys? He didn't love Thomas trains and my boys bathroom is decorated in Thomas exclusively... wow saving loads of money (Not!). He also has physical challenges which make balls and gross motor activities more difficult for him. So, while he likes those activities, it is frustrating to him (and us) to use them. Not saving money yet, and frightened and frustrated.
Of course I kept most of the boy clothes, but kid #2 is opinionated about clothes too. Wasn't that supposed to be a girl trait? Boys just wear whatever they are given, right? Can someone explain this to my son who decides he wants something else to wear other than the 5 outfits I gave him to choose from? Older son wore clothes for comfort and movement, but second son wants dressier jeans, camouflage, or perhaps something trendy or cool. Only shirts with logos on them will do and they have to be the RIGHT logos too. Have I mentioned he is only 4 and he started doing this at age 2? I'm in trouble when he reaches his teens.
I would never take my older son shopping, as he was too much to handle and ran around and I'd lose him... let alone the tantrums when he couldn't have the item he wanted. But #2 is impossible to shop with without getting an item he wants. He will either be a lawyer or hostage negotiator when he grows up, and wears me down in stores (and I had 2 cups of coffee that day ;) ).
At least #2 hasn't been too opinionated about furniture... yet.
Perhaps they will at least be close as brothers when they are older. ;)